Ms. Ivy is being swamped with actual WORK today (I know, real life stuff) so you guys get me again. Don't everyone all dance on the tables at once now. By the way, all-around awesome guy who randomly follows me Sahadev Sharma got himself a JERB:
You guys should congratulate him because he doesn't suck.
Let's take a look-see at the weekend series that was...
Chicago Cubs vs. Tampa Bay Rays, Wrigley Field
Friday, August 8 - Rays 4, Cubs 3 (F/10)
It certainly seems like the Cubs play an inordinate amount of extra-inning games, and here was another one. Javier Baez got himself the Golden Sombrero in this one (it'll happen), Starlin Castro drove in a run, and for a brief time, Tsuyoshi Wada looked like he would be in line for the win. Wada ended up with a quality start, but Brian Schlitter allowed the Rays to tie. Ryan Sweeney singled in the tying run to force extras, but Hector Rondon couldn't keep the Rays' bats in check and the Cubs dropped the series opener. Only one walk in this game (by Arismendy Alcantara) and 12 whiffs, that's pretty brutal.
Saturday, August 9 - Rays 4, Cubs 0
Edwin Jackson actually pitched well enough to win. He wasn't spectacular, but he wasn't horrible, which I guess is pretty much vintage Edwin. That's better than run-of-the-mill Edwin as a Cub, so I think we should consider it a positive. Unfortunately, because the Cubs scored zero runs, they weren't allowed to win, and honestly Edwin should probably only have given up one or two runs if not for errors and brain farts behind him from his defense. Luis Valbuena got today's Golden Sombrero as the Cubs struck out 15 times as a team. There were some positives that I saw from the game, including Alcantara's center field defense, which, no exaggeration, is sensational. Shortstops can play anywhere!
Sunday, August 10 - Rays 2, Cubs 3 (F/12)
This game featured the Rays wearing their "fauxback" uniforms, as the franchise didn't even exist in the 80s:
They're kinda ugly. But sorta cool too. You decide. Anyway, the Cubs once again struck out a ton (17!!!) to make it 44 total whiffs for the series. BUT they finally won! The game-winning hit came from Anthony Rizzo in the bottom of the 12th after Javier Baez reached on a wild-pitch strikeout (Anno has some words about that). Travis Wood pitched very well, and the bullpen held tight until Rizzo could get his game winner after struggling for most of the day. I'm not too freaked out about all the strikeouts because they're gonna happen and the Rays, even after trading David Price, have a good pitching staff, so while these strikeout totals are disappointing, every now and then it's just something that's going to happen. You'd obviously like them to not strike out so darned much, but hey, at least the Cubs avoided the sweep.
Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, Wrigley Field
The Cubs turn their attention to their next visitor, the National League Central leader Brewers, in a four-game set starting Monday night. The Brewers hold the second best record in the NL behind the Los Angeles Dodgers and are two games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals, 2.5 up on the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cards and Bucs currently hold the two NL Wild Card spots, so the division is once again very competitive (the Reds also have a record above .500).
Here are the matchups and broadcast info...
Wednesday, August 13
7:05 PM Central
Kyle Lohse vs. Tsuyoshi Wada
TV = CSN
Thursday, August 14
1:20 PM Central
Mike Fiers vs. Edwin Jackson
TV = WGN